If you have been shopping for new kitchen countertops for your home, there’s a good chance that at least one granite countertop has attracted your attention. For many homeowners, granite is the epitome of elegance in a kitchen. You can choose from a vast array of granite countertop designs and colors to achieve the ideal complement to your kitchen decor.
Granite is an igneous rock that is formed over millions of years by volcanic activity. This naturally occurring geological process ensures that granite countertops can easily withstand temperatures of 480 degrees Fahrenheit and likely up to 1,000 degrees or more. But does this mean you can put hot things on a granite countertop with no worries about damaging it? Let’s consider some of the reasons for the answer below.
Putting a Hot Pan on Granite: Not Such a Hot Idea!
While it’s true that granite can take the heat, putting a hot pan on a granite countertop for more than a few seconds at a time is not a wise move. Although you won’t have to worry about burning or scorching the surface, other types of damage can occur if you regularly leave a pan on the countertop for extended periods. Long-term exposure to heat, combined with several other factors, can harm the finish of your countertop over time.
The Impact of Chemical Processes
The cutting of the granite slabs used for countertop manufacturing brings an end to the chemical reactions that give granite its natural beauty. Constant exposure to extreme heat, like when leaving a hot pan on the countertop, will retrigger those reactions. This process can cause discoloration, as well as small cracks in the surface.
Natural stone materials like granite, marble and limestone require the application of a sealant to protect the countertop’s finish. The heat and moisture from pans or other hot items you place on the countertop will eventually cause the sealant to weaken. An unprotected granite countertop is more susceptible to stains from spilled foods and beverages and other materials.
If you leave a hot pan on the countertop for several minutes, the granite will absorb and hold the heat for quite a while after you remove it. Since there is no visual evidence, you might not be aware that the countertop is still hot. If you touch the area, you could receive a significant burn.
How to Protect Your Countertop
You can put hot pans on granite with no worries if you place something underneath them. A trivet, pad or potholder will absorb the heat from the pan before it reaches the surface, preventing damage to your countertop and preserving its beauty.
Purchase Your Granite Countertop From Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc.
Lititz, PA-based H.H. Ross is a family-owned company that has been in the countertop business for more than 60 years. We offer a wide selection of gorgeous granite countertops that will enhance the beauty of your kitchen. Feel free to contact us for more information or to request a no-obligation quote.